We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Thursday // July 29, 2010 at 15:27 // filed under Music
This has to
be one of the creepiest - and certainly, coolest – videos of the year. Chromeo’s ‘Don’t Turn the Lights On’ shows
that although certain things can change in the dark, the eyes always stay the
same; even if they decide to take a walk outside without your permission… Try not
to get freaked out and start seeing cracked-out eyes floating around in the middle of the night.
Chromeo - Don't Turn the Lights On
If you want to know our opinion about the track click here.
Tuesday // July 27, 2010 at 17:11 // filed under Music // Etc
This track is from Mulekes Piranha. That translates loosely into something like, 'boys with slutty lips'. The song is called 'Bicicleta Humana' which translates literally into Human Bicycle. Have you ever ridden one? These boys sure have:
Tuesday // July 27, 2010 at 16:46 // filed under Music
Inexplicably, I think I may be a little in love with the undeniable genius that is Chilly Gonzales. Not just his mad piano skills; or the self possessed way he goes about his business or his ridiculous rhymes...but the man himself. He's been doing some of the wickedest shit out recently, and next week the lead single 'I Am Europe' off of his excitingly wee-inducing upcoming album Ivory Tower is being unleashed. Co-written byBoys Noize, 'I Am Europe' is accompanied by a video extracted from his feature length film also entitled Ivory Tower. And let me tell you now, the remixes are ssssick (did you see how many 's' I put in there? I mean it). In the meantime, check the vid featuring Tiga in a leopard print muscle tank:
I Am Europe by Chilly Gonzales
I'm a movie with no plot, written in the backseat of a pisspowered taxi //
Tuesday // July 27, 2010 at 15:08 // filed under Music
I could interpret the video that this post is about in a number of ways. But I'm just going to talk about what it immediately brought to mind. We were talking the other day about how 'old' people kinda weird us out. It's just the part about seeing/realising what we'll probably eventually become (unless we get proper rock and roll and do the die young thing). Caribou are awesome. You and us both know this. And what's even cooler is what they bring back to light in their new video for 'Sun': oldies don't have to be the boring, shrivelled and not-fun people that we sometimes think they are.
They can dance around with appropriate slow-motion fierceness in cool outfits without being a joke and look like they enjoy Caribou as much as we do. Check it:
SUN by Caribou
P.S. I don't know about you, but I fully intend to just get more and more ridonkulous as I get older. NEVER SAY DIE!
Tuesday // July 27, 2010 at 14:35 // filed under Music
If you go to
Metronomy’s website, Myspace or to their
Youtube account you will find the video below. It’s entitled ‘Metronomy 2010’ and
shows - the instrumental of? - a new song. We know there isn’t much music and the
video isn’t that great, but just the thought of Metronomy releasing new music
has gotten us really excited. You know, last time they put an album out it was one of
the best things released in the last decade, so this should get you excited
Monday // July 26, 2010 at 20:35 // filed under Music
wrote about - and got totally addicted to - The Count & Sinden track with Mystery Jets, I started feeling bad that I didn’t really enjoy Serotonin as much as I did the other MJ
albums. So I gave the album a second chance. It’s cuter and less awkward than
what I expected from them, but it’s actually a pretty decent release. Then I realized
it was more a case of unfulfilled expectations than a problem of the release
itself; a classic case of "It's not you, it's me, guys!"
some bad songs in there (what the fuck is ‘Too Late to Talk’?), but songs like
the latest single, ‘Dreaming of Another World’, make up for them. In fact, the
single comes in such a nice package that makes it irresistible not to like.
there's the beautifully directed video by Yoann Lemoine that looks more like a
short film than a music video. It resembles Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’,
except the colours are even more accentuated.
Mystery Jets - Dreaming of another world
Then remixes; first Wooden Shjips loop the instrumental and add a bit more rhythm and a dirty solo guitar, then comes the impeccable disco rework from Lindstrom
& Prins Thomas, which certainly will become one of the remixes of the year.
Monday // July 26, 2010 at 20:09 // filed under Fashion
This is not a test //
Two of our favourites, the magnificent Danny Sangra and fabulous Fanny and Jessy of FAJ have once again joined forces to make a film of the fashionable (and awesome) variety. Directed by Danny, with music from Rowdy Superst*r and threads from FAJ's latest collection entitled Vaniloquence, the film of the same title is a wickedly er, wicked and disturbing stalk through the canals of Clapton (London).
Simultaneously freaky and envy inducing, Danny and his team have created
yet another super ssick, slick and achingly hip short film that not only werks another set of Danny's seemingly endless mad skillz but also gives FAJ the perfect setting to show off
Vaniloquence (the collection which Lady Gaga was spotted rocking pieces from).
Go check the film HERE ! I love everything about it - it's seriously, dizzingly cool - just like Danny, Fanny and Jessy themselves.
Monday // July 26, 2010 at 18:52 // filed under Music
already one of the most remixed tracks of this year; Riton, Blaqstarr, SBTRKT, Jay Z amongst others have tried to turn M.I.A.‘s poppiest moment into something
more danceable and less cheesy. Riton’s re-rub almost delivered the killer
of the package, but the annoying part where he reverses the sample and makes
it go out of sync got stressed us out every time.
And just as we had
almost stopped believing, in the last 45 minutes of the second half (sorry, we're
still not over the World Cup), DJ Mujava
releases his remix with DJ Qness. The track ain’t no ‘Township Funk’ (honestly, few tracks are),
but it’s super fun and doesn't have any trace of trance-alike synths; which, in our opinion, is the biggest problem in the original. It might still sound cheesy, but at
least it doesn’t sound like something Ke$ha would release.
Check this still from the upcoming video of 'XXXO', where Maya rocks some threads from Aussie Nadia Napreychikov's grad collection. It kinda looks like the ubiquitous Chloe for Opening Ceremony buckle boot manifest as a dress (?); which is, totally bad ass: